The Environmental Audit Committee
The Environmental Audit Committee is appointed by
the House of Commons to consider the contribution of the policies
and programmes of government to environmental protection and sustainable
development; to audit performance against targets set by Ministers;
and to report thereon. The constitution and powers are set out
in full in Standing Order No. 152(A).
The Committee has up to sixteen members of whom a
quorum for any formal proceedings is four. Members are appointed
by the House and, unless discharged, remain on the Committee until
the next dissolution of Parliament. The present membership of
the Committee is:
|Mr Harold Best|
(Labour, Leeds North West)
|Mr Tim Loughton
(Conservative, Worthing East & Shoreham)
|Mrs Helen Brinton|
(Liberal Democrat, Guildford)
|Rt Hon Michael Meacher
(Labour, Oldham West & Royton)
|Mr Mark Francois
|Mr Malcolm Savidge
(Labour, Aberdeen North)
|Mr Neil Gerrard
|Mr Mark Simmonds
(Conservative, Boston and Skegness)
|Mr John Horam
|Mr Simon Thomas
(Plaid Cymru, Ceredigion)
|Dr Brian Iddon
(Labour, Bolton South East)
(Labour, Stoke-on-Trent North)
|Mr Jon Owen Jones
(Labour/Co-op, Cardiff Central)
Mr John Horam was elected Chairman by the Committee
on 18 July 2001.
The Committee has power to invite written evidence,
require the submission of documents, examine witnesses and publish
reports to the House accompanied by the evidence it has gathered.
The Committee may meet at any time (except when Parliament
is prorogued between sessions or dissolved pending a general election)
and may do so away from Westminster. It may inform itself by visits
abroad and by the use of specialist advisers. The Committee may
meet concurrently with the departmentally-related select committees,
European Scrutiny Committee and any Lords committee; and may communicate
its documents and evidence to any other committee appointed by
Committee reports and evidence are published by The
Stationery Office by Order of the House. Pages of a report are
numbered in roman numerals; pages of evidence are numbered conventionally.
In footnotes, references to oral evidence are indicated by 'Q'
and the question number and references to written evidence by
'Ev' and a page number.
Committee publications (including press notices)
are available on the Internet at http://www.parliament.uk/commons/selcom/eahome.htmthe
EAC homepage. Further details of the Committee's activities are
given for each parliamentary session in the Sessional Returns
series, & the Committee's Minutes of Proceedings, also published
by The Stationery Office.
All correspondence should be addressed to: The Clerk,
Environmental Audit Committee, House of Commons, 7 Millbank, London
SW1P 3JA. The telephone number for inquiries is: 020 7 219-5776
(fax:-1224 or 2731); E-mail: [email protected]
Members were appointed to the Committee
on 16 July 2001.